Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Call for 2017 URCA Abstracts

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the Eighth Annual College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium. This event will highlight the research, scholarly, and creative activities of students throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, and will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Please consider submitting your work to the Symposium!

All students who are declared majors in a program within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to participate in this year’s Symposium. Please note that for group projects where there are members who are majoring outside of the College of Arts and Sciences, exceptions to this policy will be considered by the URCA Committee. Current students, as well as December 2016 graduates, are welcome to present their work. Presenters may choose to give an oral presentation, poster presentation, exhibition, or performance. All presentations should have a significant research or creative component; examples of such include, but are not limited to, summer research conducted at Ashland University or elsewhere, results of independent study projects, thesis work, literary readings or analysis, musical or theatrical performances, and exhibitions of artwork.

All abstracts submitted require approval of a faculty sponsor who is familiar with the student’s work and can attest to the quality of the work. At the time of submission, students will indicate who their faculty sponsor is. The URCA Symposium committee will then contact the sponsor via e-mail to confirm that the sponsor has viewed and approved the abstract. In approving a submission, a faculty sponsor is indicating that the abstract meets the faculty sponsor’s standard for professional work, and that the abstract is print-ready. Submissions that have not been approved by a faculty sponsor will not be accepted for presentation.

Students who wish to present at the Symposium should contact a College of Arts and Sciences faculty member who can act as a faculty sponsor. When the project is ready, the student should work with the faculty sponsor to prepare an abstract in Microsoft Word and email that Word document to the URCA Symposium Committee at au.urca@gmail.com. Students must copy their faculty sponsors on the email that contains the submission. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017. This deadline is firm.

A complete submission must include ALL of the following:
  1. Name of Student Presenter(s)
  2. Campus AND Home Addresses of Student Presenter(s)
  3. Class Year (e.g. junior, senior) and Major(s) of Student Presenter(s)
  4. Name of Faculty Sponsor
  5. College of Arts and Sciences program in which the work is focused (e.g. Biology, Psychology, Music)
  6. Title of the Presentation
  7. Preferred Format of Presentation (Poster Presentation, 12 Minute Performance, 12 Minute Oral Presentation, or Art Exhibition)
  8. Special Equipment Required (PCs and projectors are provided; if no other equipment is needed, please indicate “No special equipment needed”)
  9. Body of the Abstract (250 words or fewer)
  10. Anticipated Scheduling Conflicts for Symposium on 4/11/17 (e.g. COBE/COE/CON class meetings, athletic events, or other commitments that cannot be moved on this date; if none, please indicate “No scheduling conflicts anticipated”)
Students who would like to see examples of acceptable abstracts may view abstracts from the prior years’ events on URCA blog. Additionally, these submission instructions and helpful hints for preparing submissions will be archived on the blog. The URCA committee will hold an abstract writing workshop in January in order to assist students in polishing their abstracts. In the meantime, should you have any questions about presenting at the Symposium or the abstract submission process, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer at jweiden@ashland.edu.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Students Continued Zebrafish Research This Summer

Student research continued this summer for seniors Hayden Eighinger and Kelly Murray. They worked in Dr. Mason Posner's lab using the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to continue the research using small zebrafish to investigate the causes and prevention of lens cataract. READ FULL STORY

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

URCA 2017: April 11

The 2017 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium will be held Tuesday, April 11. Save the date on your calendar NOW! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Contest Winners Announced

Ashland University Entrepreneurial Studies has announced the winners for the URCA Idea Competition 

URCA Participant Idea Contest Winners
  • 1st ($500): Meghann Fitzpatrick, "Coat of Hope" to reduce toxic metal exposure in cookware
  • 2nd ($300): Casandra Craig, "Preventing Cataracts"
  • 3rd ($200): Hannah Thome, "Advocating for Women in Art"
  • $20 AU Gift Card winners: Dane Zunich and Ed Hunt
URCA Non-Participant Idea Contest Winners 
  • 1st ($500): Danielle Smith, "Bye-bye Blues" blue colored lenses in glasses for cancer patients to promote calmness during treatments
  • 2nd ($300): Nathaniel Minneman, "A Painter's Social Media Site" to create a painters community to discuss and promote their art inspired by Rachel Yeager's presentation
  • 3rd ($200): Kiana Ziegler, "Be a Man" artwork to counter the problems of the distorted views of masculinity
  • $20 AU Gift Card winners: Jim Toth and Miki Yamamura

Monday, April 11, 2016

Mathematics Major Grace McCourt Defeats Graph Pebbling

At her 3:15 p.m. URCA presentation in the Faculty Room, Mathematics & Integrated Mathematics Education major Grace McCourt (sponsored by Dr. Christopher Swanson, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science) will explain the game of graph pebbling. As explained in her abstract, she "will derive the pebbling numbers and cover pebbling numbers for “special graphs” such as path graphs, cyclic graphs, and complete graphs on vertices."

Ivan Larson Compares Justice Scalia to the Founders

Political Science/History major Ivan Larson (sponsored by Dr. Christopher Burkett, Associate Professor of Political Science) will compare Justice Scalia’s judicial theory to that of James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution” at the 2 p.m. URCA session in the Faculty Room of the Convocation Center. In his abstract, Ivan states, "While the Founders did not all agree on how to interpret the Constitution, Scalia at least shares similar views on the matter with Madison."

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Computer Science Majors Develop Software for Campus

Nine computer science majors (Rupesh Maharjan, Raymond Acevedo, Abdullah Aldhfyan, Abdulmohsen Alsalman, Zachary Brown, Omar Busheel, Joseph Hemperly, Ashley Herman, & Dylan Moats) will report at URCA at the 2 p.m. session in the Trustees Room on the challenges that they have faced and the lessons that they have learned in their real-world project for the University's IT department. From programming sensors to developing software components and using different technologies, this team-project (sponsored by Dr. Iyad A. Ajwa, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science) is titled Monitoring Environmental Data Using Software Applications (MEDUSA).